In recent years, Berlin has begun to buzz with a growing affinity for high-quality coffees. Perhaps because it is a haven for Australian and American expats, the third-wave coffee movement has become just about as relevant to Berlin’s social foodie scene as to the internationals themselves.
Right now I´m sitting in Cafe Kranzler, owned by The Barn, in their beautiful terrace, drinking a flat white and starting to write this article. I’m thinking about where I should start…I know so many coffee places already in this city. There are over 50 specialty coffee shops distributed around the German capital. I will start with the first café I´ve ever visited in Berlin…
I went to Roamers for the first time in January 2017. It was my fourth time in Berlin already but I have never went for a good breakfast. My sister Paloma showed me the instagram site of this café…I was blown away…so we decided to go there. The taste of that cappuccino was MIND BLOWING. At least I remember I like it. It was my first cup of a high quality coffee.
One and a half years later I decided to go with my girlfriend Tara and one of my best friends Ezequiel again to the place, where this love story to coffee began.
It was a cold spring morning in the capital. Tara and I got in the car and drove all the way down from Charlottenburg to Neukölln, where the café is located. The first impression when you find the place is ‚wow…is this small‘. But small is the wrong word. It should be cozy, Farmhouse charm with a breeze of California, woody & rustic, stuffed with plants & country music, handcrafted food adorned with a fistful of love.
Let´s talk about the food. Just one word: delicious! They say ‚everything well made takes time‘ and no doubt in my mind that they mean it. They serve everything in metal trays in a very rustic way. It doesn’t only look good for pictures, it tastes very good as well!
My favorites? Their ‚Rum Hot Chocolate‘. Guys…I can’t describe the taste of it. It is so yummy! It is the perfect combination from chocolate, milk and that hotness of the rum. My favorite food? Their French toast! My friend Ezequiel even said that ‚it´s better than sex‘.
I love Roamers! There is only one thing that you have to keep in mind. They don’t do reservations! And since the place is so small, take your time to go there and wait a bit.
„You’re only here for a short visit. Don’t hurry, don’t worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way“ they say. And it´s true.
Roamers means to me quality food, a cozy ambient with an amazing coffee! It means memories, it means friendship and love. Roamers means for me coming always back to that place where this passion started. It feels like home while roaming through Berlin…
MORE INFO ABOUT ROAMERS:
Check out their Instagram out: https://www.instagram.com/roamers_berlin/
Pannierstrasse 64, 12043 Berlin
Still in Berlin Neukölln, my girlfriend and I found a café called ‚HOME BERLIN‘, owned by a young lady from New Zeland who used to work at The Barn a few years ago and decided to open her own place.
HOME is located in a not very common site of Neukölln. It is very unusual, since it is on a street where no shops exists at all. That makes it unique! The shop also has the big advantage of having sunlight almost during the entire day. That makes it also cozy and and you feel 100% welcomed.
Pretty much everything is completely homemade, from beautiful, crumbly scones & lemon curd to other cakes and regularly changing warm dishes. The place was clean and simple but still comfortable. Not necessarily a collection of old/vintage styled furniture but also not too sterile and cold. With one room in front facing the bar area and one back room suitable for bigger groups, this place is spacious enough to spend the day in. Everything is simply very well done! The coffee served is mainly from The Barn, but you may see changes throughout the year when it comes to filter coffee.
They prepare your coffee at a 2 group La Marzocco Linea PB. The station is equipped with a Mazzer Robur grinder. The filter station has a black EK43 ready to grind for a Kalita brew. A great setup for a one-person operation.
I decided to enjoy the pancakes. The portion was BIG. VERY BIG! So even though Tara and I shared it, we had to take one with home. Also we enjoyed, a flat white in combination with an iced flat white.
We had a nice chat with the barista, who was happy to explain a lot about the coffee they were serving it, but also about her life as a ‚Berlinerin‘. It is always nice to have such people serving you with love for what they prepare. At the end…they make you feel like HOME.
MORE INFO ABOUT HOME BERLIN:
Check their Instagram out: https://www.instagram.com/home.berlin/
Jonasstraße 23, 12053 Berlin
Let´s change neighborhoods! Now we are walking through Berlin Mitte. Now…Mitte has A LOT of cafés. It feels like there is one next to the other. Important is now a days to offer different ideas, good menus in moderate prices. A good looking interior is also an important factor when it comes to opening cafés and wanting them to be a success.
‚Distrikt Coffee‘ is one of those exceptions in Berlin Mitte. It is located on a very calm street, where the Sunday feeling is almost an everyday thing. The place itself is big! Maybe one of the biggest cafés I´ve ever visited in Berlin. On weekends it is full of people, so waiting to be seated is very common.
I visited their shop for the first time in January 2017 and after that I went a few times with a few friends of mine. My last visit was this spring with my girlfriend. We wanted to have something sweet but also something salty, the menu was not disappointing. You have a few options covering also vegan dishes. We decided to have the avocado toast, a french toast and an açaí bowl.
Serving delicious coffee from FIVE ELEPHANTS, made by the Spirit Duette machine, they have a very solid and consistent coffee product. Is not one of the bests out there in my opinion, but it´s good.
For me is Distrikt Coffee a good place to get out of the natural rush hour and stress around Mitte. The whole package is what makes this shop special. The atmosphere, the neighborhood, the food and the coffee makes it unique. My personal recommendation: go during the week!
MORE INFO ABOUT DISTRIKT COFFEE:
Check their instagram out: https://www.instagram.com/distriktcoffee/
Bergstraße 68, 10115 Berlin
KAFFEE – 9
We are heading towards Kreuzberg! Located in one of the most famous food halls Markthalle IX, is ‚KAFFEE – 9‘.
My feeling of entering KAFFEE 9: ‚Oh wow. OK! I will receive an amazing coffee!‘. Don’t ask me why I felt like that when I first got in. They gave me that feeling of being completely surrounded by professionals and knowers of coffee.
They offer only their self-roasted coffee. They have a very colorful selection of coffee´s, starting in Brasil and even Peruvian coffee is available! And let me tell you that it won’t disappoint you! It was delicious.
What to order? You may have noticed that we love drinking flat whites! It is such a balanced drink. Two shots of espresso and perfect frothed milk…mmmhhh…so good! Also the pastries are yummy! Their citrus tart was good!
The shop inside is nice. It has a modern look, not quite spectacular in my opinion. For me it is perfect for just that…having a coffee and go! Continue shopping in the Markthalle or simply walk away. But staying there for a few hours is not an option at all…
The taste of the coffee was so good, that I even decided to take one package of their 250 grams ELEMENT ESPRESSO home. Trying it at home was a success!
The staff was very friendly, but since they do have a lot of costumers… chatting with them was almost impossible. At last I talked to one of the baristas who was happy to talk about the growing coffee scene in the city.
My opinion about this place? Their coffee is VERY GOOD! But bare in mind that Markthalle IX is right at the corner, so it´s very crowded. Sitting down for a few minutes to enjoy your drink is fine! But definitely not recommended for a very long stay…If you really liked their coffee just like I did, buy it! It´s as simple as that.
MORE INFO ABOUT KAFFEE – 9:
Check their instagram out: https://www.instagram.com/kaffee9/
Eisenbahnstraße 42/43, 10997 Berlin
That’s all for now! There might be a part two of my favorite coffee shops in Berlin, since I didn’t write about all of them right now. There are also a few other coffee places in this city that in my opinion deserve separate articles. Expect them soon.
Thank you for reading! And have fun drinking coffee in Berlin!